Entrance to the King of Tulous – Chengqi Lou
The four concentric circles of Chengqi Lou
When the residents return to the tulou after a day in the fields, they bathe on the ground floor and these wooden cabinets along the wall are used for keeping clean changes of clothes and towels, etc.
View from the top floor of Chengqi Lou, make sure you go after 4pm if you want to go upstairs.
The ancestral hall at the center of Chengqi Lou
The packed earth walls are made mixing earth with stone, wood, bamboo, and sometimes glutinous rice and other grains, and are up to 1.8 meters thick.
Most tulous are round but there are also rectangular and oval ones.
The tulou structure is built without using a single nail. Holes are made in the rammed earth outer walls and wooden stilts are placed to create the interior storeys.
Most of the ground floor rooms have been converted into shops selling tea and trinkets.
Most of the Hakka people worship Guanyin bodhisattva
Zhang’s Clan Ancestral Hall
Stone flagpoles at Zhang Ancestral Hall
The holes with black marks on the wall are chimneys. All tulous have kitchens on the ground floor and that is why the chimneys are also low on the building.
Inside Yuchang Lou
Check out the tilt in the columns.
Diagonal support beams have been added to the building hundreds of years ago for fear it might collapse, but it remained standing for over 700 years.
Check out my next post: Fujian Tulous Part 2 where I visited several other tulous and Yun Shui Yao village.
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